Share your story. You’ve probably heard that before but maybe you felt too afraid? Do you believe that every person deserves to have their story told through beautiful images? I do, and I was honored when Bailey reached out to me to photograph her mom and her mom’s new husband Scott.
You see, Ginny and Scott had both worked at Boeing for 30 plus years and started dating 10 years ago. Scott was celebrating his retirement so they decided to have a retirement party. They invited family and some close friends, had the party parade style, and then when just the family was over they had an announcement. Ginny and Scott thanked everyone for coming to Scott’s retirement party but they had a surprise, they were going to get married! Everyone was so excited for them! And then Scott said, no we’re getting married right now! And they did! They had a wedding at their gorgeous home and Scott’s brother officiated.
This is where the engagement photos come in, to share the story
It was a great surprise and everyone had fun, but this got Bailey thinking. Since this was a surprise there were no professional photos. So she thought since her mom surprised her then she would surprise her mom with professional engagement photos! And that’s where I came in. I chatted with Bailey after she found my work online and she told me all about her mom’s story and their engagement and surprise wedding. But she also told me that her mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer and she had had her first chemo treatment and would be losing her hair soon. They naturally wanted to do the engagement photos before she had planned to have her forever hair dresser shave her head for her. But her hair started falling out a little faster than planned. So we moved the shoot up and I brought up the idea for capturing these images too. Maybe not to look at all the time but to have to look back on in many years and remember that Ginny and her loving support system all made it through this difficult time. But came out stronger on the other side. It would be an empowering photo shoot. They decided yes they would love to do that!
So we spent the day on Scott and Ginny’s boat at Titlow Marina in Tacoma. They told me about their boat, about how they met and got together, and we got some great images of them just being themselves together on their boat. A very important part of their lives that also shares their story together. And then we headed over to Scott and Ginny’s home which is breathtaking. I met Ginny’s hairdresser and a lot of their family. Including her niece who is the inspiration for the family who also had breast cancer last year and is now healthy and doing very well.
According to Breastcancer.org patients who undergo chemotherapy lose their hair because “chemotherapy rapidly targets all dividing cells-healthy cells as well as cancer cells.” “If you’re not in cancer treatment, your hair follicles divide ever 23 to 72 hours. But as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells.” Losing your hair while going through chemo can be such a traumatic experience. Clumps of hair may show up on your pillow or in your hair brush. So Ginny, like many others undergoing chemo decided to get ahead of the game. And I knew it would be an emotional experience but so empowering at the same time. It was her way of telling cancer it’s not going to win and she’s going to come out stronger on the other side. Which is what I’m all about so I was happy to be there.
“Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it” – r.h. sin
I know that this day is going to be something that Scott and Ginny and their family will remember forever. A day of many smiles, some tears, but the never ending belief that they have this. They’ll be looking back on this day in years to come and know that the battle has been won.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I felt honored to share Ginny and Scott’s story and watching this warrior of a woman take on something that I’m sure scared her. But she is looking it in the face and kicking its butt.
She will come out Stronger.
She will come out Braver.
She may fear the storm but she will not retreat.
She will face the storm and she will shut it down.
To share your story with me or talk about maybe the same diagnosis in your life, please feel to contact me at www.ambercarlphoto.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to hear about how you or someone you love braved the storm as well and came out stronger on the other side.
For more portrait style shoots with a story, check out my blog post about this beautiful generational photo shoot that I got to do with Laura, her daughters, and her mother.